Contrary to claims by aviation interests, the construction of new hangar space at Westchester County Airport increased the number of flights. Construction also increased the proportion of "local flights" that are to or from airports within 40 miles and are thus likely traveling empty to pick up passengers, since that distance could be covered faster by car. This is unsurprising as charter aircraft go where their customers are, with the exception of HPN competing with TEB for NYC based customers.
Million Air, an aircraft charter business and Fixed Base Operator, is seeking $1 million in state subsidies for their expansion at Westchester County Airport. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 13, from 10:00 am-11:00 am, at Harrison Town Hall. The state plans to adopt a finding of no environmental impact from Million Air's expansion. Please attend and speak at the public hearing. We will not condone giving bad neighbors $1 million of taxpayer money to expand their ability to run roughshod over residents. We demand an in-depth environmental impact study that includes the secondary impacts of increased air traffic.
On July 2, 2018, Westchester County Executive George Latimer directed his staff to implement the following policies regarding the airport. We appreciate his hard work & view these initiatives as a promising start.
The FAA Reauthorization Bill, S.1405, is scheduled to pass the Senate this month. Among its worst provisions is Section 5017, which addresses supersonic aircraft. This section: Exempts supersonic aircraft from existing Stage 4 and Stage 5 noise standards, instead requiring that they be as noisy as the largest airliners today (§...
- Contact your legislator to demand that they vote no on privatization and on the airport master plan.
- Ask your town government to get involved and lobby the legislature. Here are some useful sample emails.
- Sign the online petition to the county Board of Legislators.
We are a grassroots group of citizens and neighbors from across Westchester County. We recognize that the airport is an important county asset and are committed to sustainable, conscientious management and improvement of the airport by holding our government accountable. It is our aim to maintain quality of life and to prevent negative impacts of airport development by bringing citizens’ voices to the process.
We united with 6 other environmental and community action groups to send the Westchester County Board of Legislators a comprehensive white paper opposing privatization and the airport master plan. Read it here.
We are against the privatization of Westchester County Airport. Learn why.
Airport Master Plan
The airport master plan is a template for dramatic expansion that ignores the environment. Learn why.
Our factual Airport Master Plan handout.